Explore the History and Culture of Western Mass!

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – It’s Money Saving May and that means its time to pack a picnic, grab your family and head outdoors to explore the history and culture of Western Mass! And you can do it all for FREE next weekend! Dyan Wiley, Engagement Manager of the Trustees of Reservations shared more about their Home Sweet Home Event.

“Home Sweet Home” Open House Day
Saturday, May 31st

10:00AM – 2:00PM

Explore on your own!
Delve deeper into the history and culture of Massachusetts
Visit historic homes and gardens for FREE!

About “Home Sweet Home”:

Take a Trip Back in Time and Celebrate Preservation Month with The Trustees of Reservations on FREE Historic Open House Day. The Trustees are opening 10 of their historic homes around the state on Saturday, May 31st. The homes – a few of which are rarely open to the public – range from the Colonial era, to the Downton Abbey-esque Gilded Age, to the Modernist retro era of Mad Men. Pack a picnic, get out, enjoy a drive along back roads brilliant with early summer hues, and experience up close how people once lived, including the furnishings, decorative arts and architecture that surrounded them.

For more information visit TheTrustees.org.


Dinosaur Footprints:
We think it’s the treasure trove of more than 130 tracks revealed in slabs of sandstone. Researchers believe these prints were left by small groups of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaurs, up to 15′ tall. The entire Connecticut River Valley – which scientists believe was a sub-tropical swamp a “mere” 190 million years ago – has long been recognized for its wealth of prehistoric footprints.

Peaked Mountain:
From the 1,227-foot summit of Peaked Mountain, one can gaze northward across the Quabbin Reservoir watershed and glimpse New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock.

Mount Warner:
Old cart paths and woods roads reveal the farming and logging past of this sloping woodland that rises between the energetic college community of Amherst and the broad Connecticut River in the historic village of North Hadley.


Glendale Falls:
Glendale Falls is one of the longest and most powerful waterfall runs in Massachusetts.

Bryant Homestead:
Bryant was editor of the Saturday Evening Post and a renowned American poet-Bryant Park in NYC is named for him.

Chesterfield Gorge:
This dramatic rock canyon features 70-foot-high walls carved by centuries of rushing water from the East Branch of the Westfield River.


Bear Swamp:
Extensive, easy hiking. This property also has the view of the valley called “Little Switzerland” to the north, and offers picnic tables at that spot-which is close to the road.

Bear’s Den:
On its way to the Quabbin Reservoir, the Middle Branch of the Swift River cascades into an intriguing woodland pool at the bottom of a secluded gorge. Here, along a short, quarter-mile trail, you have two choices: go to the left and you can explore the enchanting waterfall; head to the right to follow the stream as it tumbles through large boulders past the site of an old mill.

Chapel Brook:
A neat spot with a series of small waterfalls and pools (Chapel Falls) that are great for cooling off in the summer. The other side of the property has Pony Mountain, which is a popular rock climbing location. Property is close to the road.


The Gardens at Naumkeag
With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors.The Mission House

Right down the hill from Naumkeag, the Mission House adds a bit of history to the trip, as Colonial-era house and museum, a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant.

Monument Mountain
An iconic landmark in the Berkshires, this is where Herman Melville hiked with Nathaniel Hawthorne and came up with the idea to write Moby Dick. Although it is a hike to the top, the crew might be able to shoot the summit from a distance if they pick a nice day.


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